23/07/16 Away Day to Otley ‘A’ Peter Gilliland

On a dry and warm day 41 members chose to support the club’s away day. We travelled directly to the market town of Otley. After coffee, 17 members set out on a shorter walk than usual going through the town and crossing fields before enduring a steep climb diagonally across a field and fighting our way through tall strands of bracken to reach the Chevin Forest Park. This is situated on a north facing cliff or escarpment which rises steeply to a height of 280 metres above sea level and offers magnificent views of the Wharfe Valley. Lunch was spent on a rocky outcrop with wonderful views ahead of us. Then the walk continued through the woodland on wide tracks before eventually descending on a steep stepped path to emerge in the town centre of Otley. Non walkers spent the day either in the town or wandering along the riverside paths. We all travelled to the Millstones situated on the A59 for an excellent carvery meal before travelling directly home. This was the second outing of the season where the fare was reduced to half price.

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